Alright, I just finished Serial Experiments Lain. The ending's a bit cliche (heck 1998), but in the end I understood a good bit of what SEL was about. I can't say it was the most enjoyable experience, but it certainly is one of the best anime I've ever watched.
It is the
-Greatest mind game I've ever experience; its all about connecting revelations and seeking the ultimate truth of the matter that is Serial Experiments Lain. You'll (you) go on a journey with Lain to find the ultimate truth behind the real world and the wired (its mutual; Lain's your best friend, but she gets to play Sherlock). Throw away everything you believe, since nothing in the anime reflects the actual world, as it should.
-Just as confusing as FLCL; the anime extends so deep at times, you'll find yourself forgetting what you just watched. It's good to keep a good layer of self-awareness when viewing.
-I need a break; Probably gonna read book and get a girlfriend or something.
A little advice from ANN
The latter may come closest to getting all of the puzzle pieces to fit, while also framing the series around La>in—whose metamorphosis from shy schoolgirl to terrifying electronic god is the human core that pushes the series from intriguing head-game to disturbing sci-fi masterpiece. But why choose just one? The series is all that and more. Here's my suggestion: Stay up 24 hours. At about midnight, juice yourself to the gills with caffeine pills. Open a nearby window so that the night sounds can come in, wrap yourself in a blanket and watch the whole thing from beginning to end. You won't know what to think. Exactly as you should.
Edited by headphonatic - 3/2/14 at 4:41pm